Will the colours fade? The successes and failures after the orange revolution in Ukraine

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Date created: 
2009
Keywords: 
Orange Revolution
Ukraine
Civil society
Democratic transition
Non-violent revolutions.
Orange Revolution
Ukraine
Civil society
Democratic transition
Non-violent revolutions.
Abstract: 

Thesis explores the aftermath of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. The author identifies the most insightful approaches in understanding revolutions today. Structural theories of revolutions and conventional transitology share a negative evaluation of the nature of the Orange Revolution concluding that it is not a revolution. Agency-centered theories of revolutions and the critical school of transitology evaluate the same event positively due to their emphasis on civil society. Analysis of the after-Orange tendencies demonstrates that the negative trends (political instability and power struggles) do not threaten the long-term democratic developments in Ukraine. The positive results of the Orange Revolution (civil society maturity and increased political participation) are fundamental for democratic governance. The author concludes that agency-centered theories are more insightful in studying the new generation of non-violent revolutions, whereas structural theories retain a conservative outlook on revolutions and neglect the positive changes that are the result of the Orange Revolution.

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English
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Thesis
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Dept. of Political Science - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)
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